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CGI Self Portrait HDRI problem
show user profile  cbflex
Hey guys. I've been trying to make a completely textured, animated, and lit model of myself. I've also already added "hair and fur" everywhere, but I didn't include that one part in this rendering for the sake of speed.
My issue that I'm having is, I'm relatively new to HDR lighting. I've been looking at tutorials and reading about it, and I don't think I'm doing it the right way or something. I bought a silver mirror ball and raised to neck level and photographed it in 3 different exposures. I then processed it into 1 HDR file and cropped out the edges so we only have the sphere...
I then brought the HDR cropped image into vray and applied it to a VrayHDRI map. I created a vray dome light, put vrayhdri map to that map slot, and bada bing... Wtf is going on with my background?
I've heard of people taking photos of a mirror ball from 2 sides... Is that what I need to do? And if that's the case, how exactly do you combine the 2 into 1 HDR image file for a vray dome light?
Is this also why it's better to just shoot a wide panoramic shot of the environment?
I'm very new to 3ds Max so please don't flame me if you think my work sucks lolHDRI 1
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2/4/2012 12:11:58 AM (last edit: 2/4/2012 12:11:58 AM)
show user profile  Octopuzzy
Did you set the map type in the hdri material to 'mirrored ball'?
You should also be able to 'unfold' the mirrored ball into a regular ranorama with HDR shop:

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2/4/2012 12:18:36 AM (last edit: 2/4/2012 12:18:36 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It's.... looking at me.... and whispering bad things.

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2/4/2012 12:20:04 AM (last edit: 2/4/2012 12:20:04 AM)
show user profile  cbflex
I did set my material to mirrored ball...
Thanks for the link. Not sure if what I did differently affected the image greatly... I instead of cropping it like a square, I literally cropped out the circle and only the circle where the chrome ball was... Another thing I didn't do was take an additional photo from 90 degrees of my original photo. My question on that is, I would basically overlap them and blend them together to form 1 long image?

Also lastly, wouldn't it just be better if I took a panoramic shot of the environment. If I'm using a 28mm lens, I could take about 12 pictures or so (big guess) and connect them. When I have an unwrapped image, in the HDRI slot, what setting to I set it to? Angular?

@Nik Yes haha! All my friends told me same thing, that I made myself look like a serial killer or that I look very disturbed.
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2/4/2012 12:35:54 AM (last edit: 2/4/2012 12:36:40 AM)
show user profile  nm8r
Some links:

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2/4/2012 7:52:55 AM (last edit: 2/4/2012 7:52:55 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
That's what I thought!
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2/4/2012 7:22:09 PM (last edit: 2/4/2012 7:22:09 PM)
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